Urban: World Series Live Blog, Game 4


Urban: World Series Live Blog, Game 4

Oct. 31, 2010
UPDATED: 7:32 P.M.Mychael

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The question regarding Madison Bumgarner going into Sunday night: Is he rested or rusty?He hadnt started since Game 4 of the NLCS, working only two innings out of the bullpen in the interim, and that was a week ago Sunday.The answer now is pretty clear. Rusty, the kid is not.Hes been dominant, holding the Rangers hitless until the fourth, and the second hit didnt come until the sixth, which he escaped by rolling a double play.Hes been in and around the strike zone all night, despite working with an umpire who seems to be using a thimble as his inspiration, and through six innings hes at just 73 pitches.So heres another question: Where would the Giants be without this 21-year-old who looks like he barely has a pulse out on the mound?They wouldnt be here, thats for sure.
UPDATED: 6:34 P.M. When Freddy Sanchez grounded out with Andres Torres at second after a leadoff double, Giants fans had to be thinking Not again!?Rangers righty Tommy Hunter has been all over the place tonight, but the Giants let him off the hook in the first inning, and Josh Hamiltons diving catch saved Hunter in the second. Aubrey Huff wasnt having it. Huff, the DH tonight, had the best year of his career in 2008 with Baltimore -- mostly as a DH. He must like it, because he just hit his first homer of the postseason.If the Giants go on to win this game, thats going to go down as one of the biggest homers in franchise history. Right up there with Juan Uribes Game 6 blast in the NLCS. Hunter isnt long for this game, and it was imperative the Giants got to him before he left.Huff, as hes so often done this year, handled it -- and picked up Freddy Sanchez in the process.UPDATED: 4 P.M.Bruce Bochys postseason Midas Touch is getting a stiff test in Game 4 of the World Series. Pat Burrell and Pablo Sandoval are out, Cody Ross moves from right field to left, Nate Schierholtz takes over in right, Aubrey Huff moves to DH and Travis Ishikawa takes over at first base. Thats not tweaking the lineup. Thats gutting it, stuffing it and sewing it back up.And it all makes sense.Burrell absolutely had to go, and Sandoval blew his shot at keeping the DH spot for another day with an awful Game 3. The Rangers are starting a right-hander, Tommy Hunter, so loading up on lefties -- Huff, Schierholtz, Ishikawa and switch-hitting Andres Torres -- is a no-brainer. So is playing as strong a defensive hand as possible, and thats what you get with Schierholtz and Ishikawa in the game from the start. The Rangers offense instantly improved upon arrival back home, where the DH is in play, and the Giants defense instantly improved when Bochy posted his lineup card for Sunday.A solid plan all the way around. Solid gold, though? Play ball

What they're saying: NFL players speak out after Marshawn Lynch's ejection


What they're saying: NFL players speak out after Marshawn Lynch's ejection

With 6:05 seconds left in the first half of Thursday night's Chiefs vs Raiders contest, things took a wild turn. 

The Raiders and Chiefs found themselves in a scuffle after it appeared Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters hit Raiders quarterback Derek Carr late. Marshawn Lynch then sprinted off the sidelines. 

Lynch looked to get in the middle of the situation and get his good friend and Oakland native Peters out of the way. But while doing so, Lynch pushed an offical and was ejected from the game. 

Several NFL players then took to Twitter. 

Instant Analysis: In wild fashion, Raiders end losing streak with no time left


Instant Analysis: In wild fashion, Raiders end losing streak with no time left


OAKLAND – The Raiders were desperate for a win and played like it.

The offense woke from the dead. The defense showed energy and life.

Had they played like this recently, they would’ve been far better than 2-4. But they got what they earned, as head coach Jack Del Rio likes to say, and faced a virtual must win against the AFC’s finest.

It would take a Herculean effort from quarterback Derek Carr. The Raiders got that. He was nothing short of awesome.

The Chiefs don’t roll over for anyone. Some 2016 magic was required.

They got some, and plenty of it.

The Raiders beat Kansas City 31-30. Carr to Crabtree on an untimed down. And it kept their season alive.

They were so close to 2-5. They walked off the field 3-4, re-energized and in far better shape to face the rest of their season.

That result was earned with an excellent two-minute drill that featured some big moments, including a 39-yard catch and run by Amari Cooper. That was topped a short while later by a 13-yard pass to Jared Cook on 4th-and-11.

The Raiders worked it down to the 1-yard line on a 29-yard strike to Jared Cook. It was called a touchdown on the field, but ruled short of the goal line. That caused a 10-second runoff – Cook was in bounds -- that left eight seconds on the clock. Then Michael Crabtree pushed off. They the Chiefs were called for defensive holding, resulting in one untimed down. Holding gave the Raiders another.

That’s when Carr found Michael Crabtree for a game-tying touchdown. Girgio Tavecchio’s extra point won it.

The Raiders were down nine points to start the fourth quarter, but Tavecchio’s 26-yard field goal a few minutes in made it a one-score game.

The defense got a stop with six minutes left, and gave the offense a chance to win it.

The Raiders went three and out.

So did the Chiefs, courtesy of solid run defense and a Denico Autry/Khalil Mack sack.

The Silver and Black regained possession with 2:25 left and a timeout remaining.

You already know what happened next.

The Raiders offense came back to life Thursday night. Quarterback Derek Carr paced a frenzied attack, as you’d expect, sparked by deep plays missing in recent weeks.

Carr’s rare combination of zip and touch was back on display. He was nothing short of awesome, completing 29-of-52 passes for 417 yards and three touchdowns, in his best game of the season.

Previously slumping receiver Amari Cooper was active early, with touchdown catches on his team’s first two drives.

The home team’s total was hindered by a pair of missed field goals, though yards came in bunches all night.

Even so, it proved tough to compete with Kansas City’s high-powered offense. The Raiders defense created pressure and did some nice things, but gave up too many explosive plays on the night.

Smith hit speedster Tyreek Hill on a 64-yard catch and run for touchdown to cap a three-play, 99-yard drive. Albert Wilson scored from 63 yards out, thanks to a ball tipped back by Keith McGill – it should’ve been intercepted – that went right to Wilson for an easy score.

Welcome back, Amari: Top Raiders receiver Amari Cooper broke out of a prolonged slump with a dynamite performance. He had two huge catches early in the game, and finished with 11 catches for 210 yards and two touchdowns. He also drew a pass interference inside the Kansas City 5-yard line that set up another score.

Report: Penn and Crabtree argue on sideline: Raiders left tackle Donald Penn and receiver Michael Crabtree got into a shoving match on the sideline, according to CBS on-field reporter Tracy Wolfson.

Wolfson said offensive line coach Mike Tice had to break up the exchange. It’s uncertain why the incident began.

Marshawn gets ejected: Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch got ejected for making contact with an official in the second quarter. He came in from the sideline to protect Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters, who was being confronted for a late hit on quarterback Derek Carr.

Lynch tried to get in the middle of teammates and his good friend and Oakland native, and ended up pushing an official. He will get fined and possibly suspended for the act.